Subject: help caterpillers eating my tree
Location: northern cali- roseville, Ca
May 19, 2014 9:23 am
Hi. I sent a previous request. Didnt know if it went thru. No confirmation saying my pics were uploaded. So im trying again. I have these caterpillers eating my tree. I dont want to hurt them…but I dont want my tree to die or an ugly bald tree either. They just eat everything! And they poop alot too! I took a branch to the kids in my classroom to observe and it was fasinating how quickly they devour a whole branch. They are on my ornamental plum tree. Thanks for your help
Because of the red head and red hump, these Red Humped Caterpillars, Schizura concinna, are quite distinctive. According to BugGuide: “Larvae feed on a wide range of woody plants, from many different families.”
Thank you Daniel for your e-mail! The kids are loving watching them and now we know exactly what they are. We are hoping they will form chrysalis soon! Although the moth is not very pretty.